Hundreds of raucous protesters drowned out Richard Spencer with chants of “go home Spencer,” forcing the white supremacist leader to end his University of Florida speech early.
The University of Florida’s Public Safety Twitter account confirmed at 4:17 p.m. that the event was over and that Spencer left the campus.
— Claire McNeill (@clairemcneill) October 19, 2017
Before his early departure, a female audience member asked Spencer to reply to those who commit acts of violence while using his views and rhetoric: “My question is, how do you respond to people who feel that you should take responsibility for the actions of others that use your words?”
Before she could continue, Spencer demanded she name “a single instance” where this occurred.
The woman cited the August attack at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left one person dead and others injured when a car driven by a white supremacist rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters.
“Charlottesville too was a major test of free speech,” Spencer told the crowd.
“And something very important was revealed to us at Charlottesville, and that is that the civic authorities, [Charlottesville Mayor] Mike Signer, pre-eminently, are willing to use the power of the police force in order to stifle free speech,” he added.
Protesters drowned him out with chants of “go home Spencer” before he decided to beat an early retreat.
— TheResistance Report (@AntiTrumpReport) October 19, 2017